On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher argued that if President Trump was president in 1938, he would praise Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini as “strong leaders,” and “would love them.”
As the show’s panel debated President Trump’s reelection chances, the discussion moved to dictatorships and fascism and Maher said, “If this was 1938, what do you think Donald Trump, if Donald Trump was president in 1938 — before we knew about the death camps, okay, I’ll give him that — what do you think he would have been saying about Hitler and Mussolini?
Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine responded, “America first!”
“Strong leaders,” Maher interjected, mocking Trump’s speaking style.
One of the other panelists, the senior vice president for Social Justice at The New School Maya Wiley, laughed and then repeated Maher, “‘Strong leaders.'”
Maher continued, “‘Strong leaders, very strong,’ … he would love them.”
Chait shot back, “He would be saying ‘America First’ which is what the Nazis in America were saying at the time!”